Cambodia Angkor Explorers

South Africa to Cambodia a country steeped in an ancient history and based around the Khmer Empire once the largest empire in South East Asia. Visit Angkor which was the region that served as the seat of the empire during its heyday (around the 9th century to the 15th century A.D.).

At a GlanceCambodia temple at Angkor Wat
Day 1  Arrive Siem Riep. Afternoon orientation tour
Day 2  Tour the Outlying Temples of Siem Riep
Day 3  Visit the Khmer ruins one of the world’s most impressive
Day 4  Tour the Floating Village and Transfer to Airport

Angkor

The temples of the Angkor area numbered over 1000 and many remain till today. When exploring them, you will come across everything from piles of rocks and brick overrun by huge tree roots to the world’s largest single religious monument – Angkor Wat. Together these temples comprise the most significant example of Khmer architecture and ruins are a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

When visiting Cambodia and Angkor, you feel like stepping into a mystical world of the past.
See the magnificent Angkor temple complex, where time stopped long time ago. Be captivated by the ancient power of Khmer empire and the beauty of its ruins. Discover Banteay Srei, a World Heritage Site praised as “jewel of Khmer art” and a “precious gem”. It was built by women (is known as the “Citadel of Women”).

Sail around the Tonle Sap (Great Lake) lake, the largest lake in Indochina and declared a Biosphere Reserve by Unesco. Visit floating villages with floating schools, houses, markets… and meet their inhabitants and their lifestyle. Join us in this amazing trip around this magical land!

The Tonle Sap

The Tonle Sap (known as the Great Lake) in Cambodia is the largest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia. It is one of the richest fishing lakes in the World. Tonle Sap Lake combines the lake and a river system. Here a seasonal occurrence creates one of the unique ecological hot spot in the world.
The lake is no doubt Cambodia’s potent soul, if one has to compare the glorious Angkor Wat as the heart of the nation. The unique eco-system and cultural area offers the opportunity to see a different side of the Siem Reap: floating villages, cultural and nature tours, bird watching.

Visit the ancient capital of Angkor Thom (12th century). See the South Gate and Bayon temple and then move onto Ta Prohm.  One of the most beautiful temples in area. It has been left relatively untouched since it was discovered and retains much of its mystery. Also visit the World Heritage of Angkor Wat (Mid-12th century). The temple complex covers 81 hectares and built by Suryavarman II. The temple is one of the largest monuments to religion ever built and truly one the wonders of world.

Visit Banteay Srey Temple (35km), the most beautiful of all temples in Cambodia built in 10th century by Brahman. The temple Banteay Samre is 18km outside Siem Reap town and takes a half hour drive to get there. Built by Suryavarman II and named after the Samre, an ethnic tribe that inhabited the regions at the base of Phnom Kulen and probably related to the Khmers. No inscription has been found for it, but the tranquil temple’s style of architecture is of the classic art of the middle period similar to Angkor Wat.

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Day 1

Siem Reap – Arrival – National Museum – Street Food Tour (D):
* Upon your arrival; you will be met by our representative who will assist you through immigration; transfer to your hotel; and check-in
* We have a Siem Reap Orientation visit to the local main shrine of Preah Ang Chheck/Chhom temple.
* We also visit Angkor National Museum where you will see many of the artifacts from every part of Cambodia in the ancient time.
* In early evening; we explore Siem Reap at night by tuk tuk to experience Cambodia’s nightlife in full; from the local people’s customs to the activities geared to tourists.
* Walking through the food markets; enjoy dinner with local beer/soft drink in local beer garden; insect salad with cocktail (if you are brave enough to try).
* Visit night markets and or; you may want to try foot massage by fish (own account).
* At the end of the trip; take the short tuk tuk ride back to your hotel.
* Note: There is a set menu for dinner (meal only without drink) at Chanrey Tree if you are not at ease with eating at the local beer garden.
* Overnight at your hotel in Siem Reap.
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Day 2

Siem Reap – Outlying Temples (B/L/D):
* At 7 am we drive to the rural outskirts; 35 km from the Angkor area to visit the smallest; but magnificent; Banteay Srei built in the 10th Century and dedicated to Shiva.
* The temple was the birthplace of Khmer classical style architecture and the bas-relief work is the best example of Khmer classical art remaining.
* The pink sandstone structure bears a series of striking and beautiful sculptures; lintels; pediments and friezes. Khmers say the temple must have been carved by women for the details are too fine for the hands of a man.
* Continue on to the ancient Khmer civilization site of Hariharalaya which flourished in the late 9th and earlier 10th centuries.
* These are the earliest temples in the Angkor area and are referred to as the Rolous group; we will visit the main one called the Bakhong temple.
* Lunch is hosted by a local family; a great chance for you to chat with the former village chief who is a survivor of the Khmer Rouge regime.
* Enjoy sunset with a bottle of champagne in the rice paddies; the place to set up the table is flexible depending on the season and the suggestion from your guide.
* Enjoy dinner in the Crystal restaurant with an Apsara Performance.
* Overnight at your hotel in Siem Reap.
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Day 3

Siem Reap – Angkor Highlighted Temples (B)
* Beat the crowd with an early morning 7 am visit to the picturesque Ta Prohm that had nearly disappeared into the jungle and remains overgrown; an oddly haunting and exotic scene.
* The magnificent roots of a tree; pushing between the huge stone blocks of the temple in a sort of embrace; evoke feelings that you may remember forever.
* Continue on to visit the intricately carved Khmer ruins at Angkor Wat – one of the world’s most impressive ruins. The temple still has fine Apsara carvings in Angkorian era art.
* Lunch is for your own account.
* In the afternoon; explore the mysterious Royal Angkor Thom City & Bayon. Its 54-tower temple is an awesome sight. At first glance it seems a shapeless mass of stone; but further scrutiny reveals a face; and then another and another until suddenly you are engulfed by the silent; heavy; enigmatic and silent gaze through half-closed eyes; staring out from a primitive and remote time.
* Further; visit the surroundings of the complex including the Baphou; the Elephant Terrace; the Lepper King Terrace and the Royal Palace area.
* Also visit one more ruin in the Angkor Area; the Preah Khan temple; built in 12th century by King Jayavarman VII and it is the same style to Ta Prom Temple.
* Overnight at your hotel in Siem Reap.
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Day 4

Siem Reap – Floating Village – Departure (B)
* In the morning we transfer out of Siem Reap town to a beautiful village in the countryside.
* You will start with a walk through the village houses; witness the different activities from the locals for their daily life. Some examples are how the locals wash vehicles; selling gasoline in whiskey bottles or the small shops where the locals sell food on the side of small streets.
* On the way; you can pick some fruit from the plants; enjoy a view of this wonderful area and interact with the very kind people in the village.
* You will take a 30-minute ride on an ox-cart through the rice paddies to reach a local house to see how this family does their daily work; such as making rice wine and handicrafts.
* Meanwhile a member of the family will offer you fresh coconut and some man made rice wine to taste.
* Afterwards hop into your van for our drive onward to the next destination; a floating community; Mechrey village.
* Here you will take a Kayak and paddle through houses; schools and even shops all bobbing on the water – though not in the dry season – as locals paddle around in traditional wooden boats. (Recommended from October – February).
* After the tour you will be transferred to the airport to board your flight for your onward destination.
* Services end at the airport.
* Thank you for choosing Azure Travel for your Cambodia experience. We thank you for your patronage and look forward to serving you again in the near future.

Rates valid for travel between 15 Jan and 30 April 2018
* Private door-to-door pick-up & drop-off services

* Excellent English speaking guide
* Private air-conditioned transportation
* Accommodation shared in double/twin room as mentioned with daily breakfast
* Boat trips
* Meals as mentioned
* All entrance fees
* Water & tissue during the tour
* No extra charge after services confirmation

* International airfares, departure & fuel taxes
* Personal expenses, meals and drinks unless otherwise specified

* Travel insurance
* Visa fee to Cambodia of USD 30 per person
* Tipping
* Peak season or Public holidays surcharge if any

Rates valid for travel between 15 Jan and 30 April 2018
* The above rate is LAND ONLY, and EXCLUDES ALL INTERNATIONAL and DOMESTIC FLIGHTS
* Seasonal Supplements MAY apply
* Rates valid at time of quoting, and all subject to any exchange rate fluctuations, airlines and supplier rate changes and fuel levies.

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Cambodia view of Hariharalaya Temple
Cambodia floating village
Cambodia view of Angkor Thom
Cambodia view of Hariharalaya Temple
Cambodia vire of the Preah Ang Chek temple
Cambodia Banteay srei temple overgrown by the jungle
Cambodia Tha Prom Temple with tree growing through the building
Cambodia Beng Mealea temple covered in forest over growth
Cambodia temple at Angkor Wat
Cambodia view of the Banteay Srei Temple